Si-Yan Darren Li

YAS Faculty

Instruments: Cello
Education: Artist Diploma, M.M., Peabody Conservatory; B.M., Juilliard
Currently Teaching: Summer Programs

Cellist Si-Yan Darren Li has appeared in solo and chamber music performances at many renowned concert venues, such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, the 92nd Street Y, Victoria Concert Hall (Singapore), Izumi Hall (Osaka), Suntory Hall (Tokyo), National Concert Hall (Taipei), and the Basilica de San Lorenzo (Florence). He has also performed at the Ravinia Festival, the Kronberg Academy Cello Festival, and the Verbier Festival.

Mr. Li is a prizewinner in numerous prestigious competitions, including the Tchaikovsky International Competition in Moscow and the Young Concert Artists International Auditions in New York. He was also a recipient of the “American Masterpieces” grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Mr. Li holds degrees from The Juilliard School and the Peabody Institute. His principal teachers include Fred Sherry, Harvey Shapiro, Alan Stepansky, and David Hardy. Having previously taught at Indiana University-South Bend and the University of Central Florida, Mr. Li joined the award-winning Cavani Quartet and the faculty of the Cleveland Institute of Music in 2017. For many years, he has served as a jury member of the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition and the New World Symphony International Auditions. Mr. Li plays a 1773 cello by G. B. Guadagnini, generously on loan from the private collection of Mr. and Mrs. Rin Kei-Mei.